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Loblaw Companies plans to open a Loblaw CityMarket in Edmonton’s downtown Ice District in 2020.
According to reports, the trendy neighbourhood is growing quickly and experts have called Edmonton’s downtown core a “food desert” according to a CBC news report. In fact, several grocery stores in the area have closed in recent years, but Derrick Pittman, a Loblaws vice president says the district is a good fit for the CityMarket brand.
“Edmonton is still very much a suburban experience," he told CBC News. “A lot of people go to other grocery stores to save money or because they have a more suburban lifestyle, even residents in downtown Edmonton," he said, "But not all of them. There are certainly some who choose not to drive a car much or have one at all."